Commodore’s Note 2020

Commodore’s Note May 2020

Welcome to all of our members! I am honored to be taking over as Commodore of the Cohasset Sailing Club. I have big shoes to fill, but am surrounded by an amazing and supportive Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.

Although this summer is presenting challenges none of us could have ever imagined, we remain hopeful to be able to offer a modified version of our program. Docks and kayak berths are open and ready for member use with strict state and local guidelines that are in place. We are also hopeful to be able to offer free sailing to our members. Our goal is to provide our members with a fun, safe place to enjoy the summer season.

Our mission statement which was created in 1960 is “to educate and train the citizens of Cohasset and particularly the youth of Cohasset in seamanship and to develop them in qualities of self-reliance; to afford them opportunities for recreation and to promote their health and well-being by encouraging an interest in sailing.” We are so excited to announce the purchase of a brand new training fleet to assist in continuing to honor our mission. Ten RS Quests have been delivered and are ready to go as soon as we are able to open. 

We have a new Program Director, Mary Kate Cervin, who brings with her years of sailing and education experience. Mary Kate is the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree. She has extensive experience in sailing instruction and leadership, including having been the Adult Program Coordinator at Courageous Sailing in Boston, and Program Director at West Dennis Yacht Club and Plymouth Yacht Club. Additionally, she consults with and teaches US Sailing courses. Mary Catherine Crumley is returning in her new role of Head Instructor. Also returning are Marcus Rowland and Nathan Arnold as Race Team Coach and Assistant Race Team Coach, respectively.  Our Instructors are all U.S. Sailing Level I Certified, many of whom were once CSC students. They have all also completed the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Course, are CPR and first aid certified and will be fully trained in new COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Cohasset Sailing Club Board of Trustees is comprised of a dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year. As a 100% volunteer organization, we are always looking for anyone who would like to help throughout the season. There are many opportunities for your various talents. Please reach out if you would like to learn more (info@cohassetsailingclub.org).  

Although from a distance, I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Know we are doing everything in our power so we can all enjoy the place we love so much.     

Deb Johnson
Commodore
Cohasset Sailing Club